AUBURN | Brian Hutchings, the former Auburn police officer who is serving time after being convicted in March 2011 of accepting bribes and coercion, still won't be getting back-pay and his pension.

The Appellate Division, Fourth Judicial Department, of the state Supreme Court, issued a decision Tuesday, once again denying him the back-pay and pension. He had brought a string of litigation and appeals since his termination, attempting to overturn an arbitrator's decision that the Auburn Police Department had a right to fire him.

Hutchings was terminated just three months before his 20-year anniversary with the force, which would have made him eligible to collect his pension.

Andrew Fusco, attorney for the city, said the appellate court's decision benefits Auburn's taxpayers.

"I think it's a good day for taxpayers," he said. "Had the city lost this case, we would have had to paid him an extra year's salary and sufficiently more in his pension for life."

Staff writer Kelly Voll can be reached at 282-2239 or kelly.voll@lee.net. Follow her on Twitter at CitizenVoll.

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